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Contributor Bios – February 2020

Linda Campbell Franklin, artist, writer and performer in Baltimore, has been experimenting with photographing groups of objects through different lenses , counting on accident and chance to surprise her. She collects found objects in the alleys and streets and uses them to create her own Cabinets of Curiosity throughout her house. Her recent graphic memoir, ROWENA SUNDER, Artist in NYC, 1965-1970, is about a sort of alter ego, who creates art from found objects and accidental assemblages. The book is available from Amazon. For more images and some of her writing, Linda is @barkinglips on Instagram.

Joann Field: I was told as a child that young ladies could not make their way in the world as an artist.. you had to be sensible or practical. So I sort of did what I was told…  But I never stopped creating and making “things”…by knitting, sewing, crocheting, writing, photographing, bending wire, stringing beads, pasting, cutting, taking apart computers and found objects and “putting them together”.  And most recently I have rediscovered the art of embroidery which I combine with natural dyeing and photography.  As my BFF says, “the muse will not be denied – the art will come out one way or another.”

Kyle Laws is based out of the Arts Alliance Studios Community in Pueblo, CO where she directs Line/Circle: Women Poets in Performance. Her collections include Ride the Pink Horse (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing, 2018), This Town: Poems of Correspondence with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017), So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015), and Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014). With eight nominations for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany. She is the editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. Links to her work can be found at http://kylelaws.com and facebook.com/kyle.laws.7.

Brian Palmer is inspired by the landscapes of the American West where the elements and processes of Nature are so dramatically revealed. He deeply values poetry’s power to explore the idea that everything in nature—including humankind, including ideas—at any given moment from where it lies along a continuum of emergence and decay has the capacity to evoke transcendence. Recently, his work has appeared in Ekphrastic Review, Small Farmer’s Journal, with new poems appearing this Spring in Amethyst Review. He is Managing Editor of THINK, a literary journal housed in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Western Colorado University. He currently lives in Fruita, Colorado.

Timmy Reed is a writer, teacher, and native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his MFA from University of Baltimore. Timmy is the author of the books Tell God I Don’t Exist, The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, Miraculous Fauna, Star Backwards, and IRL. His short fiction has appeared in many places including Necessary Fiction, Atticus Review, Curbside Splendor, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, as well as featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions. In 2015, he won the Baker Artist Awards Semmes G. Walsh Award. He teaches English at Stevenson University and Community College of Baltimore County and English as a Second Language at Morgan State University.

Raised in rural Southwestern Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed an Honours B.Sc. in Horticultural Science before opting for a professional career in art textiles. All her work explores connections between art, science and nature. Most of her imagery is inspired by the biology, mythology and cultural impact of trees, classic symbols of our connection with the natural world. See more of her work at www.lroyart.com.

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